Rangers get new houses

The recruitment of over 2,600 forest rangers to boost the forest protection capacity of KFS was a major achievement for the Service which was suffering from an acute shortage of security personnel.

But the coming in of new rangers brought with it a serious housing challenge considering that all rangers are required to reside within their stations.

This situation meant that some rangers had to share the few existing houses while others were forced to put up in tents.

The CCF Mr Alex Lemarkoko was therefore delighted on Monday April 8, 2024 when he received and opened new rangers housing units built through collaboration with esteemed stakeholders in the timber industry in Nakuru County.

The units which will house over 30 rangers were a culmination of  stakeholders heeding call for them to lend a hand in the construction of the houses for officers who were working under very difficult circumstances.

The twelve units have been put up in Molo, Baraget and Elburgon Forest stations and include the installation of solar panels and rain water harvesting and storage infrastructure.

The initiative also saw the renovation of existing houses and construction of ablution blocks for the rangers and other station staff.

The CCF thanked partners including members of the Baraget CFA who had earlier built temporary mud houses for the new rangers.

He called upon all partners to collaborate with in finding solutions that will ensure the sustainable management of forests even as work towards increasing forest cover to atleast 30% by the year 2032.

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